Tim Allen’s career has been long, successful and – to some – also rather polarizing. And that’s not just because of his acting or his sometimes poor movie choices. You see, over the years, the actor’s political beliefs have caused quite a lot of controversy. Allen has, however, kept on trucking with his show, the ABC sitcom Last Man Standing. Plus, he’s built up a lot of goodwill over the years with roles in popular children’s movies such as The Santa Claus. So, things were going okay for him – until, that is, he received some news in 2017 that left him disappointed, angry and upset.
Prior to him becoming an actor, Tim Allen had a pretty inauspicious start to adult life. Still, to his credit, he’s usually fairly open about it. Here’s the thing: the man who played Toy Story’s beloved Buzz Lightyear was once a drug trafficker – and one who spent more than two years behind bars for his crimes. In October 1978 Allen was apprehended by officers at the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport while in possession of well over 20 ounces of cocaine. However, he provided police with the names of his accomplices in exchange for a reduced sentence.
In 2011 Allen spoke to Esquire about his earlier life. “When I went to jail, reality hit so hard that it took my breath away, took my stance away, took my strength away,” he said. “The law was passed to teach people a lesson. Selling more than 650 grams of cocaine got you life in prison. They thought it would be a deterrent. It wasn’t… I just told myself, ‘I can’t do this for seven and a half years. I want to kill myself.’”